Archive for March, 2007

Urge Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Artist Deduction Bill

From Americans for the Arts, posted 3/19/07:

After announcing at the Congressional Arts Breakfast on Arts Advocacy Day that he would be the lead sponsor for the Artist Deduction Bill, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the bill on March 14, 2007, joined by Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN). Identical to a Senate bill introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Robert Bennett (R-UT), the bill supports individual artists by allowing them to take a fair-market value tax deduction for tangible works they donate to nonprofit collecting and educational organizations, and it benefits the public by giving them access to more art.

The U.S. tax system accords unequal treatment to creators and collectors who donate tangible works (e.g., paintings or manuscripts) to museums, libraries, educational or other collecting institutions. A collector may take a tax deduction for the fair-market value of the work, but creators may deduct only their “basis” value—essentially the cost of materials such as paper, chemicals and inks.

Send a message to your members of Congress asking them to be a co-sponsor of this important bill, H.R. 1524 (House) and S. 548 (Senate).

Thank you.

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Pictures Of The Year Education and Awards Program in San Francisco April 27-28

Pictures of the Year International will hold its annual education and awards program in the San Francisco Bay area on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. The two-day program will include six presentations from the premier award recipients, a panel discussion on the evolution of multimedia, a Fotovision cooperative presentation by Alex and Rebecca Webb, two POYi slide shows and the prestigious awards ceremony.

As posted earlier, the complete winners list can be found here.

For a full list of speakers and registration information, click here. Note that reservations are by emailing and seating is limited.

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23rd Annual PHOTO REVIEW Competition entries due between 5/1-5/15

The 2007 Photo Review Photography Competition is accepting entries between May 1-15th. The Juror will be Toby Jurovics, Curator of Photography, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. This year The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2007 competitions issue with an audience of thousands. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and posted on The Photo Review website. Additional awards include equipment, gift certificates and cash.

An entry fee of $30 for up to three prints, slides, or images on CD and $5 each for up to two additional images entitles all entrants to a copy of the catalogue. In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $34, a 20% discount.

For a prospectus and details, send a self-addressed, stamped business-size (#10) envelope to: The Photo Review, 140 East Richardson Avenue, Suite 301, Langhorne, PA 19047. The prospectus may also be downloaded from The Photo Review website,

For further information call 215/891-0214.

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64th Annual Pictures of The Year International Competition Winners Announced

Tyler Hicks of the New York Times was recently named 2006 Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and Christopher Anderson of Magnum was honored as Magazine Photographer of the Year. (Last week Anderson was awarded one of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography as well.)

Of great interest to me was the fact that multimedia entries tripled over last year and filled two days of judging, beginning in the early morning and continuing past midnight. The premiere awards for Best Use of Multimedia in both major and small markets went to The Washington Post and MediaStorm respectively. In the category “Best Multimedia Feature Story or Essay” was “The Sandwich Generation,” produced by Brian Storm of Media Storm, Writer/Director Julie Winokur and Photographer Ed Kashi.

Pictures of the Year International Competition is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Jounalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Be sure to view all the winners on their website! And, if in the area, attend the “Education and Awards Program” to be held in San Fransciso April 27-28, where 200 of the world’s best journalists will be present.

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“Photography 2.0: A New Paradigm?” Lecture 3/29 in NYC

Photography 2.0: A New Paradigm?

A panel discussion presented by the NYU Department of Photography & Imaging, Co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography.

“As with all media, massive changes are underway in photography. A major shift in elevating the role of the amateur who, equipped with digital cameras and cell phones capable of recording images, now plays a major role in visually defining the world we live in. Will images, such as those from the London bombing captured by cell phones, or photographs from Abu Ghraib ultimately replace those made by professionals? What will be the role of the professional in this reconfigured world?”

Moderated by the Photography & Imaging Department’s Professor and Director of Pixel Press Fred Ritchin. Don’t miss this, or anything Fred Ritchin is involved with!

Fred’s Panelists include::
Pancho Bernasconi, Getty Images
Jake Dobkin,
Kenny Irby, Poynter Institute
Mark Lubell, Magnum Photos New York
Jeffrey Scales, The New York Times
Warren Habib,

March 29, 2007
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cantor Film Center
36 East Eighth Street, Room 200
New York, NY 10003

Space is limited; to register, click here. Contact TSOA’s Photography and Imaging Department at 212-998-1930 for more information.

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“INDWELLING: Living in A Female Body” THIS WEEKEND in NYC

“INDWELLING: Living in a Female Body celebrates The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute’s (WTCI) 25th Anniversary on March 23, 24 and 25, 2006. The event promises to be one of the largest gatherings of women this spring in New York City. The event will focus on women’s struggle to find acceptance of their bodies while living in a culture that promotes powerful, toxic images of the “ideal female form.”

All events will be held at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue.

The celebration and fundraiser will open March 23rd with a gala reception and photography exhibition/sale juried by acclaimed photographer Joyce Tenneson.

The program for March 24th includes speaker/honoree Eve Ensler, award-winning author of “The Vagina Monologues,” activist/humorist Kate Clinton, Speak Out/Spoken Word, exhibits, music, film and more.

On the 25th, the free program includes information about staying in touch, how to find resources, exhibits and a gallery talk by Joyce Tenneson.

Proceeds from the event will further help the WTCI provide programs for the public and practitioners focusing on eating and body image, and free mental health services for survivors of domestic violence.

Friday, March 23rd 6-9 pm, admission $25
Saturday, March 24th noon-6 pm, admission $25
Sunday, March 25th 1-3 pm, admission free

Sponsor subsidized tickets are available. For more information log on to or contact

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FotoFest Opens “GUANTANAMO: Pictures From Home, Questions of Justice” Exhibition March 31-May 19 in Houston

FotoFest, the Houston-based organization founded by Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin, is know for taking on challening ideas and presenting work that relates to civic and social problems.” Their upcoming exhibition is no exception.

FotoFest presents for the first time, “GUANTÁNAMO. Pictures From Home. Questions of Justice,” a rare glimpse into the life of the prison, the men who are detainees, their families, and the U.S. attorneys who represent the detainees.

The stories of the lawyers who are representing the detainees, their photographs and interviews, and the de-classified proceedings from U.S.military hearings take us from the Middle East and Afghanistan into the cells of Guantánamo.

“Guantánamo. Pictures From Home. Questions of Justice.” will be on public view at FotoFest from March 31 to May 19, 2007. The opening is Saturday, March 31 with the project director, artists, curator, and participating lawyers.

The exhibition presents nearly 100 previously unseen photographs and short video works gathered by photographer Margot Herster over the past two years. The images and stories portray detainees from Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain. The photographs are accompanied by narratives from their attorneys. An audio installation, Inside Guantánamo, details events Guantánamo. A video, The Lawyers, by Ms. Herster and Houston-born photographer and video artist Carolyn Mara Borlenghi, presents six Guantánamo attorneys candidly describing their experiences and interactions with detainees.

To read the complete press release, click here.

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The New Yorker Conference, May 6 & 7 in NYC

The innaugural New Yorker Conference, entitled “2012: stories from the near future” has a very interesting roster of speakers. “See what happens when the right brain meets the left brain at the fist New Yorker Conference, a dynamic day and two nights of new ideas, forward thinking, and eye-opening innovation.”

For complete details and view a video, visit the event website. For a list of participating speakers, click here.

The event will take place at the ICA Building, 555 West 18th Street in NYC. Tickets are on sale now.

Click here to receive e-updates on the event.

It is essential that artists seek inspiration, and information, from those in other fields. Everything WILL intersect.

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GRIFFIN MUSEUM PORTFOLIO REVIEWS: Reservations to open Friday March 23rd

The Griffin Museum in Winchester, Massachusetts (near Boston) has announced the details for attending its Portfolio Review to be held on May 11th, from 10:00 – 1:00.

Reservations will be taken beginning 10:00 EST on Friday, March 23rd.
To reserve a space, call (781) 729-1158.
Fee three reviews: members is $100, non-members $125.

Reviewers noted in today’s email announcement include Kathy Ryan, Photography Director, New York Times Magazine, Bernard Toale , Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston; Barbara Hitchcock, Polariod Collection and Scott Thode, Photography Editor, Fortune Magazine; additional information including the full slate of Reviewers are listed on the Griffin website.

On the website you will find an excerpt from my book concerning attending portfolio reviews and making the most of your investment.

I’ll be giving a 1/2 day marketing workshop at the Griffin on Saturday April 28th from 1-5; I encourage all of you considering attending (or booked to attend) reviews at PhotoLucida, Griffin, PRC, Review Santa Fe or other spring 2007 events to come to this session and learn more about the value of these and other industry offerings, as well as how to most effectively and efficiently reach your audience.

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Photo Workshop Programme – ARLES 2007

The Rencontres D’Arles has announced its workshop schedule for 2007. Offerings begin April 6-9, with a second expanded series in July surrounding the 2007 festival (opening week July 3 – 8; exhibitions July 3 – September 16th).

Click here to view the workshop schedule and other information.

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